FIFTY ONE good recommendations. .
I just don't feel everyone should be tarred with the same brush. And this 'I have recommendations' stuff dosen't back anhything up anymore. The photographers that I mentioned in my first post all had from 50-70 references. And they turned out to be the dodgiest and worst experiences!
And this 'I have recommendations' stuff dosen't back anhything up anymore. The photographers that I mentioned in my first post all had from 50-70 references. And they turned out to be the dodgiest and worst experiences!
I'm going to get on my hobby horse again... If anyone - photographers or models - has a policy about chaperones, it would make sense to state it in your profile notes. That way, when a shoot is being arranged both parties know the score.
So if, for example, a photographer has a 'no chaperone' policy, if a model turns up anounced with a chaperone the photographer is entitled to say 'you should have read my profile notes, so please go away'. Alternatively, if a model states in her notes that she will always have a chaperone, a photographer has no grounds for grumbling when she turns up accompanied for the shoot.
I find this worrying. Why the hell would someone leave a good reference for someone (model or tog) if they were 'dodgy'. Anyone doing this should be banned. I personally take great pride in some of the comments I receive and would be horrified to think that anyone I've worked with just gave a good reference on the assumption I'd return the favour. There might be one or two who view references like that but surely the majority tell it how it is - if not, what's the point of the system or indeed the point of Purestorm? The sort of person capable of false references is almost certainly capable of posting false details and images as well.
That's not really fair. I've left "photographers" negative references and have, without fail, gotten a PM or a text saying what a lying whore I am and how I must have been imagining what happened. These people are already abusers, they're not going to balk at a bit of extra threatening or emotional manipulation. I would assume that a lot of models are just scared or else they can't deal with any extra fallout on what they've already experienced. There's also this overwhelming attitude sometimes that models shouldn't speak out about the negative aspects of being a freelance model, which unfortunately does include dealing with dodgy characters trying to pass themselves off as photographers, and they may think leaving a negative reference will cost them work or give them a bad reputation (which can be pretty devastating for a model's career).
There's also the problem that the "photographer" in question might kick up a huge stink about having been left a negative reference and simply get it removed, especially if they start spouting their mouth off about legal action, because in a one on one situation the model has no proof.
Sorry to hear you've had bad experiences Anna but perhaps if others had left bad references then you wouldn't have worked with these people in the first place. Could you not leave a reference along the lines of 'Working with XXXX was a real experience - please contact me for details'? Even if you write something vaguely complimentary, suggesting people contact you first might help others avoid a similar situation and if they don't seek your advice first then that's their fault and you have a clear conscience.